5 'Strong Buy' Blue Chips Expected to Raise Dividends This Week

Goldman Sachs

This industry leader giant is a premier stock in the sector for those looking to add financials. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) has a gigantic institutional equity, debt and derivatives business, an ultra-high net worth clientele, top investment banking and capital markets expertise, and the firm continues to be a dominant force around the world in the world of finance.

Its Investment Banking segment provides financial advisory services, including strategic advisory assignments related to mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate defense activities, restructurings and spin-offs; middle-market lending, relationship lending and acquisition financing; as well as transaction banking services.

This segment also offers underwriting services, such as equity underwriting for common and preferred stock and convertible and exchangeable securities, and debt underwriting for various types of debt instruments, including investment-grade and high-yield debt, bank and bridge loans and emerging- and growth-market debt.

Goldman Sachs Global Markets segment is involved in client execution activities for cash and derivative instruments; credit products; mortgages; currencies; commodities; and equities; and provision of equity intermediation and equity financing services. It also offers clearing, settlement and custody services.

Shareholders receive a 2.70% dividend. The dividend is expected to rise to $2.50 from $2.00. Piper Sandler has an Overweight rating and a $410 target price on Goldman Sachs stock. The consensus target is $407.63. The stock closed at $296.47 on Friday.

Marsh & McLennan

Typically, insurance companies are not affected by increases in interest rates, and this is one of the strongest companies in the industry. Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (NYSE: MMC), a professional services company, provides advice and solutions to clients in the areas of risk, strategy and people worldwide.

Its Risk and Insurance Services segment offers risk management services, such as risk advice, risk transfer and risk control and mitigation solutions, as well as insurance and reinsurance broking, catastrophe and financial modeling, and related advisory services, and insurance program management services. This segment serves businesses, public entities, insurance companies, associations, professional services organizations and private clients.

The Consulting segment provides health, wealth, and career consulting services and products. It also offers specialized management, as well as economic and brand consulting services.

Shareholders receive a 1.38% dividend. The $0.5395 per share dividend is expected to increase to $0.595. Wells Fargo’s Overweight rating comes with a $183 target price. The consensus target for Marsh & McLennan stock is nearby at $182.50. The final trade for Friday was reported at $155.59.

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